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Connecting the dots


Commentary

Joe Siano
Young students do connect-the-dot worksheets to learn numbers. Students draw lines from a dot to another dot in numerical order and a true picture is revealed. When they don’t, there is no picture, or it’s distorted.
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Miracle on 23rd Street: a tax cut


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Cal Hobson
With the exception of that most beloved Republican activity — the buying, selling, exchanging, concealing, cleaning, carrying, showing, stroking and shooting of guns — members of the party once led by Lincoln are now best known for their genetically driven obsession: cutting taxes anytime, anywhere, any size, for any reason or excuse.
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pump up the volume


Commentary

Jonathan Fowler
Oklahoma City needs its own Cain’s Ballroom.
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

‘Local control’ in education


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Rep. Jason Nelson
In the cult movie classic The Princess Bride, Vizzini repeatedly uses the word “inconceivable” as his efforts to evade pursuers fail. Inigo Montoya finally replies, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

OKC, get serious about water conservation


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David Ocamb

It’s often said you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. In terms of resources, nothing could be closer to the truth. Oklahoma is blessed with many resources — resources that have helped us build Oklahoma City from the desolate ghost town I remember as a child, during the oil bust, into one of our country’s best-kept secrets for quality of life.

 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

OG&E must move past coal


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Whitney Pearson
Over the past few years, our nation has taken great strides toward reducing the enormous health burden posed by toxic coal-fired power plants and transitioning America to a future powered by clean energy.
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Point: Triggering better schools


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State Sen. David Holt
This state legislative session, Sen. Jabar Shumate, D-Tulsa, Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, and I proposed legislation to give parents a new tool to affect positive change in their student’s underperforming school. Senate Bill 1001 would create the Parent Empowerment Act, a version of a “parent trigger” that has been enacted in at least seven other states. It passed the Senate, but limited support in the House means it will be laid over until the 2014 session.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Counterpoint: Don’t pull that trigger


Commentary

Gene Perry
In the 2012 film Won’t Back Down, a single mother stands up to a villainous teachers’ union and school administrators to take over her child’s school. The film was produced by Walden Media, a company belonging to Oklahoman owner Philip Anschutz. It seeks to dramatize “parent trigger” laws being pushed across the country by organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Correction needed for correctional officers


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Sean Wallace
Are you willing to supervise as many as 200 inmates by yourself? To assess and react appropriately to extremely violent situations such as rapes, suicides and stabbings? To work with inmates who have communicable diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis or hepatitis?
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Making schools safe


Commentary

Todd Lamb
After the tragic events in Newtown, Conn., last December, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and House Speaker T.W. Shannon asked me to chair the Oklahoma Commission on School Security (OCSS). As a former U.S. Secret Service special agent, I have a background and training in security. As a state senator, I was the principal author of the Oklahoma School Security Act.
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Whole lotta crazy going on


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
There’s enough extreme ideological legislation floating around the state Capitol right now to make a decent reality television show.
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Counterpoint: Don’t punish workers


Commentary

Bob Burke
Workers’ compensation is again on the front burner at the Oklahoma Legislature. In my 32 years of representing injured workers, it is the 19th attempt to make major changes in the law that governs the delivery of benefits to workers injured on the job.
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Point: Time to fix workers’ comp


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Jonathan Small
Oklahoma’s system for handling workers’ compensation claims is badly in need of reform. So much so that it is time to replace the system altogether.
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Improving mental health in Oklahoma


Commentary

Mary Ellen Jones

In her State of the State address, Gov. Mary Fallin is to be commended for the inclusion of mental health when talking about health and for proposing increased funding for mental health programs. Mental illness is a medical condition of the brain, an organ of the body, and should be treated like any other organrelated malady.

 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The truth of emergency contraception


Commentary

Dr. Dana Stone
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
 
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